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Emissions Trading Reforms Raise Pollution Permits Price

Emissions Trading Reforms Raise Pollution Permits Price

Critical reforms to Europe's flagship scheme for cutting carbon emissions were passed for the first time on Wednesday in the European parliament. The move immediately caused the price of pollution permits, currently near rock bottom, to rise. Policymakers believe a higher price is essential to encourage more greenhouse gas reductions. The EU emiss… Read More

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

As one of 85 specially-trained incident meteorologists, or IMETs, within the National Weather Service, Wallman has knowledge of “microscale” weather forecasting, including anticipating the highly localized and chaotic winds in the vicinity of individual thunderstorms. Importantly, like other IMETs at the agency, Wallman also has expertise in fi… Read More

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Weather is the prime suspect behind the firefighters' deaths, with gusty and highly variable winds fanning the flames in multiple directions on Sunday afternoon as group of thunderstorms approached the fire. The University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies published a blog post on Monday that, like a detecti… Read More

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

The heat wave is the result of a massive dome of high pressure that has rerouted the jet stream from the Pacific Ocean northward into Canada, preventing storms and cooler air from surging south, and locking the already drought-stricken West into an extended bout of sizzling temperatures.… Read More

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic: the unpredictable storms, the ice jams, the prospect of becoming prey for a polar bear. "They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being," said Kevin Vallely, a… Read More

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Bad news for American gourmets: the commercial oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest has been failing for several years, and may go on failing as increasingly acid oceans put the larvae of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas seriously at risk. The good news is that U.S. scientists now know exactly why things are going wrong in the oyster beds, which … Read More

For This Koala, Global Warming Is Not a Fuzzy Tale

For This Koala, Global Warming Is Not a Fuzzy Tale

As things get hot around the globe this week, everyone, including this koala, look for ways to cool off. … Read More